By Christa König

ISBN-10: 0199232822

ISBN-13: 9780199232826

This ebook presents a typological assessment of the various manifestations of grammaticalized case structures in African languages. After defining and distinguishing case structures, Christa König starts off an intensive research of case in approximately a hundred African languages and divulges a number of positive aspects, corresponding to tone as a marker for case and the marked-nominative method, that are infrequent phenomena in different languages of the realm. anyplace attainable, the writer takes into account
data from her personal colossal and very popular box study. The booklet presents solutions to questions resembling the subsequent: what's the dating among definiteness and case. Are case phenomena areally or genetically influenced? Why are case differences neutralized in approximately all case languages with
verb preliminary or verb medial notice order? Which grammaticalizations seem with case? what's the courting among themes and nominative circumstances, or concentration and accusative cases?

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